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Arkansas highway officials have again pulled construction projects out of the bid process because of uncertainty with federal funding. To date, 70 road projects totaling an estimated $282 million have been delayed, with 11 of those in the Fort Smith and Northwest Arkansas areas.

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 7:34pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced the members of the Working Group on Highway Funding as directed by executive order. Members are as follows:

Duncan Baird, budget director for Gov. Hutchinson, Chairman

Scott Bennett, director of the State Highway and Transportation Department

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 3:45pm

Do you remember, not so long ago, when the private option was supposed to be the legislative session’s most controversial issue? That was before anyone had heard of “re-homing” or thought much about what a state Religious Freedom Restoration Act would look like.

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 3:09pm

A new citizen panel proposed by Fort Smith Director Tracy Pennartz to provide some measure of oversight of the more than $200 million in the city’s street tax program outlays over the 10-year cycle of the tax may soon be a reality.

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 5:32pm

The U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary announced Tuesday that it will provide more than $2.4 million in Affordable Care Act funding for four new health center sites to help primary health care services in Springdale, Mena, Augusta and West Memphis.

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 3:54pm

With Gov. Asa Hutchinson in tow, the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts has announced that it will serve as a leading provider of computer science education and educator training in the state through its “Coding Arkansas’ Future” program.

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 12:07pm

With a campaign theme of, “Hope to Higher Ground,” former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee announced his second campaign for president Tuesday in the hometown he shares with former President Bill Clinton.

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 11:50am

A gathering of 90 businesses and organizations based or active in the Fort Smith metro area participated Friday (May 1) in the “Path To Progress,” a business expo and job fair hosted by the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce.

O.K. Foods was the presenting sponsor of the event.

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 2:51pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed an executive order Thursday (April 30) to create the Governor’s Working Group on Highway Funding, he told a group while speaking at the Arkansas Trucking Association’s Annual Business Conference and Vendor Showcase in Hot Springs.

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 9:08pm

Conner Eldridge, U.S. Prosecuting Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, is one of six U.S. attorneys named to the 21-member Attorney General’s Advisory Committee. The announcement was made by the office of newly appointed U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 3:03pm

The U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has delayed a decision on the constitutionality of Arkansas’ ban on same-sex marriage pending the outcome of a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. The federal high court on Tuesday heard arguments on the issue, and could issue an opinion by late June.

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 6:46pm

The four members of Arkansas’ delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives took to the House floor for more than eight minutes Tuesday evening to honor the memory of former U.S. Rep. John Paul Hammerschmidt, who died April 1.

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 8:18pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has named members to the Legislative Criminal Justice Oversight Task Force as directed by the Criminal Justice Reform Act of 2015, or Act 895, of the regular session.

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 4:48pm

Gay rights, the White House Correspondents Dinner, and a potential scandal involving Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton were among the topics discussed Sunday on a national television news show by Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 4:56pm

The 16-member Governor’s Council on Common Core Review will need more specifics, particularly about the testing process, Lt. Gov.

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 1:14pm

Most members of the Fort Smith Board of Directors were hesitant to speculate about funding a trail plan if an upcoming 5% diversion tax fails to gain voter approval, but several would consider redirecting tax revenue now received by the Fort Smith Parks Department toward building out a proposed 3

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 10:01am

It flew under the radar for the most part, but a significant piece of legislation may make Arkansas a much easier place to start or run a business.

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 6:34pm

The group seeking renewal of Fort Smith’s 1% sales tax for street work and a 5% cut of that tax for trail and greenway work raised $5,000 in March to cover campaign costs. A Crawford County group seeking a 1% sales renewal raised just short of $5,000 for its campaign.

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 5:51pm

Oral arguments in the case of State of West Virginia vs. Federal Environmental Protection Agency began Thursday morning (April 16) in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The hearing was slated to last 80 minutes.

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 12:28pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has a 63% favorable rating among registered voters in Arkansas, while President Barack Obama ranks much lower at 38%, according to a poll commissioned by Talk Business & Politics, Hendrix College and Impact Management Group.

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:21pm


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